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Fertility and processes related to childbearing are at the core of social demography. Fertility patterns shape population age structures as new cohorts of people add to the populations. Childbearing decisions are influenced by many factors related to the social environment in which people live.

Much of our research within this field focusses on changes in childbearing behavior in Sweden and the social structures that have contributed to the relatively high fertility levels of the Nordic countries. One project assesses the declining fertility during the 2010s and the degree of social (in)equalities in Swedish fertility. Demographers also study a wider spectra of family dynamics as partnership formation and dissolution are also related to fertility. Sweden has a reputation of being a forerunner in family-demographic trends, with a high degree of diversity in family forms. 

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Kieron James Barclay

Researcher, Docent in Sociology

Department of Sociology
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Sunnee Billingsley

Senior Lecturer

Department of Sociology
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Maria Brandén

Researcher, Docent

Department of Sociology
Maria Brandén. Foto: Clément Morin/Stockholms universitet.

Debora Birgier

Researcher

Department of Sociology

Stefano Cantalini

Researcher

Department of Sociology
Stefano Cantalini

Erik Carlsson

PhD Student

Department of Sociology
Erik Carlsson. Foto: Leila Zoubir/Stockholms universitet

Johan Dahlberg

Researcher

Department of Sociology
Johan Dahlberg @ Stockholm University Demography Unit

Helen Eriksson

Researcher

Department of Sociology
Helen Eriksson

Johanna Finnström

Phd student

Department of Sociology
Johanna Finnström

Juho Härkönen

Professor

Department of Sociology
Juho Härkönen. Foto Stockholms universitet

Andreas Höhn

Research Affiliate

Department of Sociology

Benson John

PhD student

Department of Sociology
Benson John

Maxim Kan

PhD student

Department of Sociology
Maxim Kan. Photo: Daniel Rossetti/Stockholm University

Konstantin Kazenin

Phd Student

Department of Sociology
Konstantin Kazenin

Martin Kolk

Researcher, Docent

Department of Sociology
Martin Kolk

Linda Nathalié Kridahl

Researcher

Department of Sociology
Linda Kridahl. Foto: Stockholms universitet

Weiwen Lai

Phd Student

Department of Sociology
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Eleonora Mussino

Researcher, Docent

Department of Sociology
Eleonora Mussino. Photo: Leila Zoubir/Stockholm University

Stefanie Möllborn

Senior Lecturer

Department of Sociology
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Gerda Neyer

Researcher

Department of Sociology
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Anna-Karin Nylin

PhD Student

Department of Sociology
Anna-Karin Nylin. Foto: Leila Zoubir/Stockholms universitet

Sofi Ohlsson Wijk

Researcher

Department of Sociology
Sofi Ohlsson-Wijk Foto Leila Zoubir Stockholms universitet

Livia Olah

Senior Lecturer, Docent

Department of Sociology
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Steffen Peters

PhD student

Department of Sociology
Steffen Peters. Photo: Peter Wilhelm/MPIDR

Sarah Schmauk

Visiting PhD student

Department of Sociology

Kirk Scott

Researcher

Department of Sociology
Kirk Scott

Miska Simanainen

Doktorand

Department of Sociology
Miska Simanainen

Ben Wilson

Researcher, Docent

Department of Sociology
Ben Wilson. Photo: Leila Zoubir/Stockholm University

Signe Svallfors

PhD Student

Department of Sociology
Signe Svallfors fall 2021

Elizabeth Thomson

Professor Emerita

Department of Sociology
Elizabeth Thomson. Photo: Leila Zoubir/Stockholm University

Jani Turunen

Researcher

Department of Sociology
Jani Turunen. Foto: Stockholms universitet

Caroline Uggla

Researcher

Department of Sociology
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Ben Wilson

Researcher, Docent

Department of Sociology
Ben Wilson. Photo: Leila Zoubir/Stockholm University

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